Hope. It is such a powerful thing. Without hope, people dry up and die. But with hope, people flourish, even in the worst of circumstances.
The students at P.S. 121 Elementary School in East Harlem were kids without much hope. Their home lives were difficult at best, and the statistics showed that 75% of them would never even finish high school.
In 1981, millionaire Eugene Land went to that school, his alma mater 50 years previous, to speak to the 6th grade class. His prepared speech was a challenge to the kids to work hard and get an education, but he sensed that challenge would merely be empty words to those who had no hope. So at the last minute, he changed his speech and told the 59 youngsters in the class, “Stay in school … and I’ll help pay the college tuition for every one of you.”
At that moment, hope was born in their hearts. One student said, “I had something to look forward to, something waiting for me. It was a golden feeling.” Nearly 90 percent of that class went on to graduate from high school. Roughly 60% of them graduated from college. Wow!
What made the difference? Hope!
THE GOD OF HOPE
In the Bible, God is called, “The God of hope” (Rom. 15:13). No matter how bleak and black the circumstances, He can turn it all around in an instant and give beauty for ashes. King David knew this to be true; and used that truth to conquer the stifling feelings of depression and despair.
Are you struggling today? Are the problems of life sinking your ship? Is the candle of hope beginning to dim against the dark backdrop of your current reality? Are you losing hope for a spiritual breakthrough, a better marriage, a fulfilling job, a happy family, or a brighter tomorrow?
Get your eyes off your problems and put them on the God of hope. The goodness of the LORD is right around the corner for you. Don’t throw in the towel because your deliverance hasn’t yet arrived. Wait on Him with confident expectation (the meaning of the word hope). He is never late and never in a hurry. He is always right on time, and He has a miracle with your name on it.
So hope in Him!
Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries
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Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you. From His Heart provides real truth, love and hope on over 700 radio stations each day, in 149 countries each week on TV, and is always available online. Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All donations go to furthering the broadcast outreach. As a listener/viewer supported ministry, we thank you for joining with us to help speak the truth in love to a lost and hurting world. Go to www.fromhisheart.org for more information.
It’s Not Easy Being Me
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